Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

Energy costs and potential energy shortages are increasingly driving commercial building and industrial facility owners to find ways to use less energy for the same level of activity.

I suspect that the idea of employing anaerobic adhesives for fiber optics came from someone using Krazy Glue or the two-part adhesive made to fix a car’s rearview mirror after it fell off in the hot summer sun.

In solar installations, ranging from rooftop panels and larger community- and utility-scale arrays, photovoltaics (PVs) are becoming increasingly important to our energy supply.

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Lightning is the biggest cause of damage and destruction of electrical and electronic equipment in industrial facilities, commercial buildings and homes, as stated in the 2008 report by the U.S. National Lightning Safety Institute.

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Accurate Loss Testing of Premises Fiber Optic Links
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Premises fiber optic cabling link testing requires precise referencing methods to obtain accurate and valid results. Loss testing for multimode fiber cabling is specified in ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14A. This standard contains two test procedures: Method A and Method B.

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Clean Power for Network Systems
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In this age of fast food, cellular phones, and instant lottery tickets, people want action, and they want it now. So why should power conditioning for computer networks be any different?

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Fiber Standards Enable Low-cost, High-speed Optical Networks
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Welcome to a series of monthly articles focusing on “Premises Cabling Standards and Technology Updates” by Tony Beam, director of global systems marketing for AMP NETCONNECT.

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How Urgent Is E-Commerce for You?
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Tales from the land of construction business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce can be amusing (or depressing). Here are reports from the field to kick off this first monthly E-C column for EC.

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Branding Your Firm in the VDV Market
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Successful electrical contractors have “branded” themselves in the eyes of their customers, which in this context means they have differentiated themselves from competitors in one or more ways.

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Bidding Telecommunications Cabling, Part III: Preparing the Costing
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An electrical contractor’s most difficult task of a telecommunications cabling bid is preparing the costing.

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Choosing Fiber Optic Connectors and Using Them Properly
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When electrical contractors first decide to get into the fiber optic local area network (LAN) installation business, they have a plethora of factors to consider before ever making a single connection.

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